40 million plan for the former Lucchini and no interest for Taranto. But there are rumors of a meeting with Patuanelli
Jindal has revealed nothing about the state of the project for the new electric steelworks, when a month and a half is missing after the 18 months that had taken to evaluate the possibility of a return to steel production, but in the leaden climate that surrounds the steel industry Italian the glass seems half full, at least in the judgment of the unions.
Translated, while Ilva (the first European producer) is experiencing its most dramatic crisis, Piombino certainly does not have much to rejoice about but remains attached to the prospect of a future where the steel industry may still have a weight, although not comparable to that of past.
Yesterday morning then an armored factory, with journalists kept away from the entrance square, and the consequent decision not to issue statements, least of all on the subject of a possible involvement of Jindal for Ilva, where Matteo Renzi would like to take him after the Indian industrialist was beaten in the race with Arcelor Mittal.
During the day, rumors circulated about a possible meeting today in Rome of Jindal (who had a meeting already scheduled with the heads of Rfi) with the Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli. But the hypothesis of a flashback of Jindal's interest in Taranto, even in the absence of official declarations, is considered groundless by his entourage for economic and strategic reasons.
Moreover, after losing the tug-of-war for Taranto with his long-time rival, Lakshmi Mittal, the owner of Jsw had turned to Piombino, certainly a cheaper operation (about seventy million to take over the factory from the Algerian Cevital), and with interesting prospects: to set foot in Europe and to produce 3 million tons of steel in 2022 with the construction of a new plant for flat products, precisely those that Ilva manufactures. Of course, about a billion is needed to do this, and on this point Jindal has not yet clarified his final decisions, conditioned by the demand for a competitive cost for energy – and in any case equal to that of the competition – that the Government has not hitherto was able to guarantee him in none of the two versions led by Giuseppe Conte.
Jindal, however, has so far kept its promises to restart the three rolling mills that produce rails (the only plant in Italy), coils and bars. Yesterday, therefore, he took a ride on the lifts, spoke with the managers and then visited the neighboring Magona, just bought by the Liberty of Sanjeev Gupta from Mittal, forced by the European Antitrust to sell the historic Piombino plant (500 employees) in the framework of the Ilva operation. Courtesy visit from the top Magona, but if therefore with Gupta the relations are good, this condition could bring interesting developments not only for a collaboration on the part of the port logistics, but also for the supply to Magona of coils coming from the Indian plants of Jsw , waiting – if the electric steelworks project goes ahead – to produce them directly in Piombino.
Meanwhile, however, there are investments for rolling trains: one of about thirty million will cover the plant where the rails are produced, with some interventions that, according to Jsw, will allow to widen the range of products and therefore their own market. Another 10 million will go to adjustments to the bar train, also here to expand the production typology, and to strengthen the Gsi, where the objective is to increase the production of steel balls, necessary for Jindal's own Indian mines.
Prudence on the part of Fim, Fiom and Uilm, according to which in any case «today Jindal has reconfirmed the commitments for Piombino announcing investments on the three rolling trains, and this is in contrast with other realities. Let's start from here knowing however that to make the Piombino plant competitive this is not enough, but it is necessary to go back to producing steel ». –